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Rain Play

by Cynthia Cotten
Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

Published by Henry Holt, 2008
24 pages
ISBN: 9780805067958

Ages 3-6

Sprightly rhyming couplets advance a simple story of children at play in a park when it begins to rain. “See the breeze / toss the trees. / Plip, plop. / Drip, drop.” The kids make the most of watery opportunity, jumping in puddles and finding things that float, until “Flash! Boom!” Thunder and lightning send everyone rushing for the car. “Wipers swish. / Sneakers squish” as they head for the snug comfort of home. Javaka Steptoe’s beautiful, textured collage illustrations show a jubilant—and wet!—group of African American children and a dad engaged in the “rain play” that Cynthia Cotten’s lively narrative describes.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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